Funding for Salmon Habitat
Do you have a habitat restoration or protection project in mind? Are you looking for money to help make your good idea for salmon a reality? The WRIA 9 Watershed Salmon Habitat Team can help you find money through a variety of sources.
Two funding sources are directed in part by the Watershed Ecosystem Forum:
See our Funding Opportunities for Salmon and Other Habitat Restoration Projects list of current grants available through our partner governments and/or other state, federal, and non-profit sources.
Entities participating in the watershed salmon habitat recovery process have also implemented habitat projects on their own or through other funding opportunities. To learn more about projects completed in your community, visit the Local Activities and Partners page.
Beginning in 2009, WRIA 9 partners have been exploring possible funding mechanisms to support implementation of the Salmon Habitat Plan.
Since 1999, the Watershed Ecosystem Forum and its predecessor committee has annually solicited, reviewed and ranked applications for state and federal funding administered through the state’s Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB).
Between 1999 and 2009 ("pre-SRFB" allocation and rounds 1-10), 33 projects in the watershed have received SRFB (and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration) grants totaling $13 million. These funds have in turn leveraged over $16 million in local, state, and federal funds.
For each SRFB funding round, the WRIA 9 Watershed Ecosystem Forum seeks proposals for habitat projects that contribute to Chinook salmon recovery in the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed. Restoration, acquisition, and assessment projects that benefit Chinook salmon, and the habitat and ecosystem functions on which they depend are eligible. Proposals must have strong technical merit, meet SRFB requirements, and be recommended in or consistent with the Salmon Habitat Plan. Cities, King County, Tribes, non-profit groups, conservation districts, regional fisheries enhancement groups, and special purpose districts all are eligible to apply.
For more information, contact Karen Bergeron, Habitat Projects Coordinator, 206-296-8383.
The Watershed Ecosystem Forum makes recommendations about how to use approximately $1.1 million in King Conservation District funds annually to support habitat protection and restoration projects, stewardship projects and programs, and essential technical assessments. The money comes from a county-wide $10 per parcel assessment that funds the activities of the King Conservation District as well as projects through other watershed forums in King County.
To learn more about how King Conservation District grants are making a difference in this watershed, view:
- List of projects/programs funded by KCD in WRIA 9 during 1998-2009 (Adobe Acrobat)
- Map showing projects/programs funded by KCD during 1999-2005 (Adobe Acrobat 2.4 MB)
- Map showing projects/programs funded by KCD during 2006-2008 (Adobe Acrobat 2.4 MB)
The highest priority for WRIA 9 KCD funding are projects and programs recommended in the watershed Salmon Habitat Plan.
To learn more about funding through the WRIA 9 Forum/KCD partnership, contact Karen Bergeron, Habitat Projects Coordinator, 206-296-8383.
A variety of sources exist for funding. A link to these sources are provided below:
- Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
A searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. Offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.